‘This Borough squad is the best ever’ says boss

IN FORM: Haverhill Borough remain in the promotion places in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division heading into the final five weeks of the season
IN FORM: Haverhill Borough remain in the promotion places in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division heading into the final five weeks of the season
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Martin Westcott has rated the current squad at Haverhill Borough as ‘the best it’s ever been’ during his time at The New Croft.

On a week which could see Borough break their club record for most points accrued in a Thurlow Nunn League season, player-manager Westcott has said the players at his disposal make up the best team he has been involved in since he joined back in September 2013.

Westcott’s side went into last night’s trip to second from bottom Dereham Town Reserves knowing that two more wins would take them onto 75 points and set a new personal best points haul in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.

And ahead of a trip to Wisbech St Mary (13th) this Saturday (3pm), the Borough player-boss has praised his promotion candidates for their performances so far this season.

“The league is better now than it has been in previous years,” Westcott said.

“This year we’ve seen that all the teams can beat each other. Sudbury Reserves beat Woodbridge at the weekend and we lost to King’s Lynn Reserves the other week.

“Since I’ve been at Haverhill Borough and since they’ve come into the Thurlow Nunn League, I think the squad we’ve got here is the best it’s ever been, and you can say that when you see we’re challenging near the top of the league.”

Before last night’s scheduled trip to Dereham, Borough thrashed Holland FC 4-0 on Saturday to move eight points clear of fourth place Woodbridge Town.

A victory at Aldiss Park yesterday would have stretched that gap to 11 points and propelled Borough above Coggeshall Town and up a place to second in the table.

Although Woodbridge now have two games in hand on Borough, Westcott’s men will have the chance to maintain their grip on a promotion place in the top three when they host March Town United on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, Borough will now finish their league campaign a week early following a recent fixture reshuffle by the Thurlow Nunn League.

In light of an article in the Echo highlighting a possible fixture congestion if Borough were to get into the Suffolk Senior Cup final, which is scheduled to be played on April 30, less than 24 hours after the final day of the Thurlow Nunn League season, they will now finish their league fixtures at home to Leiston Reserves on April 22.

Borough will take on Touchline SIL Senior Division high-flyers Crane Sports at Hadleigh United’s Millfield in the semi-finals on April 1.

n In the Premier Division, Haverhill Rovers manager Ben Cowling has stressed the importance of making a good start when his side entertain Wivenhoe Town at The New Croft tomorrow (7.45pm).

Rovers found themselves 2-0 down after just 18 minutes at the weekend, before two goals in the last 20 minutes helped them come from behind to draw 2-2 with basement side Swaffham Town.

Ahead of tomorrow’s clash, Rovers (16th) are seven points clear of 19th place Wivenhoe, who currently occupy the third and final relegation spot.

“Friday is a big game, there is no doubt about that,” the Rovers boss said. “It’s so important that we start well.

“One thing I will say from the game with Swaffham on Saturday is that we responded very well to going behind.

“We need to get on the front foot and take the game to Wivenhoe. It’s going to be really important we do that, as Wivenhoe probably need the three points.”

Harry Halls and Adam Sartini will both miss Friday’s game through suspension following their red cards in the defeat against Ely City.

But Cowling will be boosted by the returns of Ryan Weaver, Marcus Hunt and Jonny Milne after the trio all missed the 2-2 draw at Swaffham last weekend.